DISCUS workshop live stream available on Thursday May 9th

07 May 2013

The DISCUS workshop on “Ownership, usage and regulation in next
generation fibre access network: can we move away from competition at
the physical layer?” will be streamed live on Thursday May 9th, 1.30
p.m. at the following link:

http://connectpro10311755.adobeconnect.com/marco/

RTE Collaboration for Science Season: Drama on One

10 April 2013

Prof. Linda Doyle and Dr Tim Forde collaborated with RTE to produce a companion piece to the radio drama “What Next for Hedy Lamarr” by Joe O’Byrne.

Hedy Lamarr, known primarily as a 1930’s screen idol, also filed US Patent 2292387 on frequency hopping – a technology designed for radio-guidance of munitions that is now widely deployed in wireless communications.

As part of RTE drama’s  Science Season entitled What is Life, Joe O’Byrne has written and directed a play on the life of Hedy Lamarr. It is accompanied by a companion piece exploring in greater depth the scientific aspects of Hedy Lamarr’s contribution to contemporary communications.

Download the companion piece here:

Download the full play here:

For more information on RTE’s Science Season see Drama on One

DISCUS Launch

15 January 2013

DISCUS-Launch-1-(1)

Head of CTVR, Professor Linda Doyle;  TCD Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast; Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte; CTVR lead academic of the project, Dr Marco Ruffini.

Minister Rabbitte Announces €8.1 Million EU Funding For Telecommunications Project That Will Revolutionise Broadband Provision In Ireland And Europe.

On Wednesday, 9th January, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, launched ‘DISCUS’, the pan-European research project coordinated by CTVR. The project was awarded funding under the European Union Seventh Framework Programme.

Announcing the EU funding award, Minister Rabbitte said: “Strengthening Europe’s digital economy by advancing areas such as a high speed broadband rollout is a priority for the Irish Presidency of the EU. This pan European telecommunications project led by our own researchers here at CTVR at Trinity will provide concrete results for the benefit of both Ireland and Europe and demonstrates the critical links between research and enterprise that lead ultimately to jobs creation.”

Welcoming this announcement, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “Leading such a top-tier international consortium is an endorsement of the strong international academic reputation that CTVR has earned and raises the profiles of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin as leaders in research and development of future broadband infrastructure. It is also a demonstration of the value to Ireland of continued investment in high quality research.”

‘DISCUS’ coordinators, Dr Marco Ruffini of Computer Science and Professor David Payne of Electronic Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, said: ”the project brings together a pan European team of world class expertise to achieve what will be a revolutionary change to the way future networks are built and operated, to deliver unprecedented service capability and customer experience.”

The ‘DISCUS’ consortium partners are Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Alcatel Lucent (Germany), Nokia Siemens Networks (Germany), Telefonica Investigacion Y Desarrollo (Spain), Telecom Italia (Italy), Aston University (UK), Interuniversitair micro-electronica centrum (Belgium), III-V lab (France), Tyndall & University College Cork (Ireland), Polatis (UK), Atesio (Germany) and Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden).

Total investment in this project is €11.7M, of which €8.1 million has been contributed by the EU and the remainder is provided by the partners involved.

Please inspect DISCUS website here http://www.discus-fp7.eu/

Best Student Award – IST Portugal

Pedro-(3)  16 November 2012

 

 

Pedro Alvarez joined the team of CTVR PhD students at TCD from the MEEC course at Instituto Superior Technico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal in March 2012. In September he was awarded the Best Student in his class.

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IST is an internationally recognised college for the study of engineering, architecture, science and technology. It offers a broad range of research opportunities to students so we are delighted that Pedro has chosen to come to Ireland and CTVR in particular.

Congratulations to Pedro

That’s Gas! – Zoo Digital Balloon Project Update!

13 November 2012

 

balloon

 

The Talk to EU Zoo Digital balloon launch took place last Friday, 9th November. The launch was a great success. Our colleague, Dr. Keith Nolan and team launched the balloon from Met Eireann’s Valentia observatory just after 11am on Friday. The payload comprised a GPS tracker, a HD video camera, a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone, a radiosonde (measures wind speed, humidity, temperature, altitude), and an ordinary party balloon with an image of Robert Boyle drawn on it.

The balloon travelled for about 2 hours over a point to point distance of 160km and reached a maximum altitude of just over 27km where the temperature was -63 deg C. It burst over Kanturk and descended by parachute to land in a farmer’s field just outside Tipperary town. The farmer rang the number on the payload. The intact payload and video were recovered by the team. The video shows tweets scrolling across the phone screen, the ‘Boyle balloon’ bursting, as well as the scenery.

To view the full launch, please view here https://www.dropbox.com/s/q1v5kvz7e0739f5/tweetsinspace-smaller.wmv

Further information is available to view at http://www.talktoeu.ie/

Thank you to photographer Alan Landers for documenting the launch.

Professor Marc Hodes is welcomed to CTVR Thermal team in UL

MarcHodes  12 August 2012

 

 

 

Professor Marc Hodes from Tufts University has joined CTVR Thermal team in the University of Limerick. Professor Hodes’ area of interest is heat and mass transfer, often in the context of the thermal management of electronics or efficient use or generation of energy.

Currently, his research concentrates four major areas. First, experiments are being performed to measure the rate of conversion of alcogels to aerogels (for use as “super” thermal insulators) by supercritical CO2-based extraction. Secondly, theoretical studies of convection heat transfer in microchannels containing superhydrophobic nanostructured surfaces are underway. Thirdly, several technologies and theories are being developed to increase the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric modules operating in precision temperature control and power generation modes. Lastly, liquid metal (Galinstan®)-based heat sinks are being investigated. CV

Professor Allen Mackenzie joins the Wireless team at CTVR, TCD

MacKenzie08212009 We welcome Professor Allen Mackenzie from Virginia Tech to the Wireless team at CTVR, Trinity College Dublin.

His interests are in the areas of Wireless Communications, Multihop Wireless Networks, Applications of Game Theory and Decision Theory, Sensor Networks, Mobility Modeling.

Professor MacKenzie was awarded an E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award from the Science Foundation of Ireland for the 2012-2013 academic year. This award will enable him to spend the 2012-2013 academic year on study-research leave from Virginia Tech. During the year, he will be based at CTVR: the telecommunications research centre at Trinity College Dublin. Professor MacKenzie will be working, broadly, on technology and policy solutions for dynamic spectrum sharing in wireless networks and economic models of such solutions. More specifically, he will be studying automated spectrum negotiation between autonomous radio systems. CV

EU_pic3-(1) 12 August 2012

Keith Nolan, CTVR Funded Researcher and colleague, is acting as the scientific advisor to the new ZOO Digital balloon project. ZOO Digital, in collaboration with the EU Commission, will launch a weather balloon into the stratosphere. Met Eireann are helping to facilitate the balloon launch.

The weather balloon will be launched into the stratosphere above Cahersiveen at the end of August. The experiment will examine balloon dynamics, and importantly, help promote science activities! The weather balloon will be filmed it as it expands, and it will eventually burst as Boyle’s Law predicts.

 As well as doing some science to investigate the expansion of gasses, the experiment will display some tweets as it reaches the edge of space, making them the highest tweets ever sent in Ireland.

If you’d like to have your tweet sent into space, please send your message using the #tweetsinspace.

For all of the latest information and if you wish to follow the experiment, you can do so here on facebook and twitter (@talktoeu) and here http://www.zoodigital.ie/

Stay tuned as we share our scientific findings and prepare our countdown to launch!

In photo: From a roof top somewhere in Dublin EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, scientist Keith Nolan and RTE Science Squad presenter, Kathriona Deveraux launch “That’s Gas”.

https://ctvr.ie/2012/08/12/796/

Barry O’Sullivan elected ECCAI Fellow

30 July 2012

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, the Director of 4C, and CTVR Funded Researcher has been elected Fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI Fellow).

ECCAI describes the program thusly:
“The ECCAI Fellows program has been started in 1999 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. Fellows’ accomplishments range from pioneering advances in the theory of AI, to unusual accomplishments in AI technology and applications. Usually only individuals who have made contributions to AI for a decade or more after receiving their Ph.D. (or are at an equivalent career stage) will be selected. Leadership in ECCAI or ECCAI member societies, support of forums for the exchange of ideas, and extended service for the international AI community also play a role in the selection process. Evidence of technical contribution will often be in the form of publications, but other evidence will also be considered, such as patent awards or statements of longstanding contribution to an industrial group effort. The ECCAI Fellows Program honors only a very small percentage of the total membership of all ECCAI member societies (up to a maximum of 3%).”

In 2011 only four people were elected Fellows and in 2010 only three

CTVR at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition

BTYS12-4  30 January 2012

 

 

CTVR researchers were on hand at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition to help aspiring network engineers of the future to design their own telecommunications network. Every student is connected to the telecommunications network in multiple ways – through their school broadband service and their home network, via their phones and games consoles – and uses the connections to access many different types of applications. The telecommunications research centre gave the engineers and designers of the future an insight into how a network is built, and how coverage black spots arise.

CTVR is an SFI-funded centre and was hosted at the SFI stand on Saturday 21st January,.